NDRC: Ohio GOP’s Proposed Maps Are Even More Extreme Gerrymanders

September 21, 2023

Washington, D.C. – In Ohio, Republicans have proposed a new set of state legislative maps that are even more extreme gerrymanders than the unconstitutional gerrymanders that are currently in place. The House map contains 62 Republican districts and 37 Democratic districts, while the Senate map contains 23 Republican districts and 10 Democratic districts – with more Democratic-leaning competitive seats than Republican-leaning seats across both maps. It is a sharp deviation from the past decade of Ohio election results which averaged just a 8% split. The Republican-led Commission has given the public less than 48 hours to respond to these maps in public comment meetings. 

John Bisognano, President of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), released the following statement:

“The proposed legislative maps are an even more extreme gerrymander than their predecessors which were ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. They fail to accurately represent Ohio and fall extremely short of the expectation voters had when they enacted constitutional reforms to the redistricting process.  Not only do these maps maintain a Republican supermajority in each legislative chamber, they also pack Democratic voters to intentionally minimize their impact. Ohioans deserve – and have loudly demanded – fair legislative maps, not this embarrassing attempt at continued political control in an equally divided state.”